Community is everything for Lazarus Kgageng and he created the Thola Lesedi Foundation in 2016 when he was in grade 10. Starting the Pens Up career exhibition was his next step: inviting various professionals to share their experiences in their respective fields with high school learners. The Into Varsity project was perhaps his most ambitious endeavour – helping nearly 400 matriculants apply for tertiary education in 2020 – but for him, the yearly Beacons of Hope gift donations hold special significance. “Knowing that my community and my team was able to make those children’s Christmas memorable is something that makes me proud to this day,” he says. Kgageng attributes his drive to help others to the tragic passing of his sister in 2014. Although he is still studying at Rhodes University, his mission remains to help every child reach their full potential.
I want to see my country and its citizens flourishing, and I know that if I support those that want to learn how to make that a reality through psychology, then I’m doing what I am supposed to do.